Saturday, May 11, 2013

Color Me Rad 2013

I talk a big talk about wanting to be athletic, and a runner and a lifter, and potentially a cross fitter, but let's face it. Since Netflix got Fringe on Instant View, I haven't been much on the working out and preparing for the race I'd planned on in December (Has it seriously been five months since I agreed to run and get doused in random colors?).

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Suffice it to say, when I realized it was May last week, and I hadn't trained for anything, I freaked out. I worried that I wasn't ready, and that I'd slowly finish last. Last week at work, I found out that one of my coworkers was heading up a team. I didn't really want to run it by myself, so I joined her and two other people for the big race.

Raring to go. Got my Tattoo, White Tee, Blue Glasses
I was a little bummed that there wasn't a medal with this race, but I did get a tattoo, a T-Shirt, and Fantastic Sunglasses. If you know me, you know that I have a hard time finding glasses, as I have a wide face, and glasses or sunglasses never fit. These were wide enough that I could fit them OVER my regular glasses. WIN!

This is what it looked like from the sky, I imagine.

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Starting out at a REALLY slow jog, my calves started getting tight right away. It was cold, and I was sucking wind. After the first round of color, I told my teammates to go on without me. I spent a good portion of the race walking, trying to get my legs to loosen up, but they just wouldn't. In fact, my left foot started getting all tingly as it fell asleep.

After the third color station, I decided to give myself little goals. Run to that sign. Run around the corner. Beat the kid in front of me (Talk about ambitious on that last one!). It seemed to work.

The color was fun. The first round was pink powder, which I was expecting. What I wasn't expecting was the second round of color was liquid color and it was FREEZING! It was already a cool but sunny morning, but the color wash absolutely chilled me.

When it was over, I imagined that it took me about an hour and a half. I had my Endomondo tracker going on my phone to really track how far I went, and when I met up with my group at the finish line, I checked, and I finished in 41:36! I wasn't expecting that! I was so jazzed tht I finished in under an hour, and have been on a bit of a high ever since.
Runner's High!
Since I thought it would take longer than it did, my family didn't get to throw color on me. They were still on their way to meet me when I called to tell them I was done. We were all a little sad over it, but that's okay. Now we know. I sat down outside Ruby Tuesday's on 23rd Ave to call them and to get my legs a stretch. Incidentally, I had more energy when it was over, and wasn't hurting as much. Hooray, Adrenaline! I actually met my family across the street at the movie theater, as getting out of the race area was next to impossible, and this girl wanted food!

Now that I've got my feet up, a movie on (What to Expect When You're Expecting), I'm basking in my accomplishment. Earlier this week, I was pretty bummed at where I am with my fitness and weightloss journey. But this is a step in the right direction. I finished a goal that I had for the year, and that is a HUGE deal for me. I'm very proud of myself.

Now, for my next race, I hope there's a medal!

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